we are at a moment of great cultural transition and the kinds of objects that we look to to provide some sort of continuity and that transformation is oftentimes architecture because architecture is one of the most stable objects in culture at this biennial artists architects and indeed also engineers are coming together to really think through how to make new works that take as their starting point a world that has already built up in full of meaning it’s impossible to think that one sole individual can really think on how to build the world for someone else for me architecture has always been a collaborative process admission is about thinking on humans and people and of different types of construction their own possibilities and surrounding in architecture we’re always making the new from what exists around us picking things up from architectural history from the architectural landscape from the material world and assembling them in new ways we are not scared anymore to openly show our preferences and discuss them and you’d be proud of having references I think many of our teachers they were for sure looking at references and they’re very conscious of architectural history but they would never have said oh we looked at this or that the purpose is to invent something original and take all the iconographic baggage from art history and architecture and turn it into the brick and mortar effectively the reflexion about history it’s present in all our works we start from a reflection on the history in order to create in continuity with the history and you it’s interesting when people can interact with architecture and design because reducing these silly clumsy awkward joking things I actually are very much driven by the history and the rule set of these perimeters that were set forth making new history means reading very closely and carefully and misinterpreting it’s an imperative make new history it could also imply write new theory open a chapter I think the chapter is already opened we’re already in there it’s not really clear how this new situation is linked together we are always learning from history that knowledge that we take is not necessarily just to kind of copy/paste but really to kind of move it forward cross-cultural exchange is something that’s very important and also very very relevant in order to apply it to our current day what I find very exciting about this theme of making new history is it on the one hand it’s not saying we need to create an avant-garde from scratch and throw everything and ignore the past but we need to engage with the past in a positive way and we need to try and learn the lessons from it in order to project a new future I see this as being a fundamentally optimistic biannual which i think is exactly what America and of course global architecture needs right now [Music] you

Making New History at the Chicago Architecture Biennial
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